SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 17, 2014

Police: Man confesses to copper thefts

By Terri Ogan
Staff Writer

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — A Lynn man confessed yesterday to stealing copper downspouts worth several hundred dollars from five locations in Swampscott.

Stephen Marshall, 35, of 51 Coburn St., Lynn, identified himself to Swampscott officials and was arrested without incident, police said.

This is the first arrest in a rash of copper thefts that have been plaguing the North Shore over the last few months.

Marshall will be charged with six counts of larceny over $250 and six counts of malicious destruction of property over $250. Copper downspouts were stolen from Swampscott Town Hall, 143 Burrill St., 23 Littles Point Road, 23 Paradise Road and twice from the Church of the Holy Name on Monument Avenue.

Swampscott police released video footage of two male suspects stealing copper from the town hall about two days ago to various media outlets and neighboring cities and towns.

Beverly police identified one of the suspects as Marshall, who drives a small gold Ford pickup truck with a cap on it — the vehicle that a neighbor identified leaving the scene of one of the copper thefts.

Upon Marshall’s arrival at the Swampscott police station yesterday, a detective again positively identified him as one of the parties in the security video stealing copper.

Marshall is set to be arraigned at Lynn District Court this morning. The case remains under investigation, as police are searching for a second suspect in the theft.

Terri Ogan can be reached at 978-338-2660, via email at togan@salemnews.com or on Twitter @terriogan.